“These are the times that try men’s souls.  The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.”

 -Thomas Paine

In January of 1776, Thomas Paine published his 50-page pamphlet, Common Sense, urging American independence.  This booklet sold over 120,000 copies in ninety days and changed the outlook of many Americans.  Sixth months later, the Declaration of Independence was unanimously adopted by the thirteen colonies.

This passage from Paine’s book applied during the bloody days of the Revolution, and it applies today.  It is simple to believe in the cause of liberty and freedom when times are easy.  When our rights are threatened and our nation is struggling, then our convictions are truly challenged.  What will you do?

God bless America.


How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on Earth enjoy!  -Thomas Jefferson

America is a blessed nation.  Like no other place on earth, we are fantastically wealthy.

90% of American teenagers own a computer and a cell phone.  Our public high schools offer free and equal education to all, giving every single girl or boy with the vision to take it a huge head start in life.  We have enough to eat…very few Americans are forced to skip meals.  Millions of African children are starving and malnourished…millions of Americans are overweight.  We can walk into any grocery store and see more food in seconds then many third world countries will see in a year.

Any time we are in trouble or danger, we can pick up a phone, dial 911, and receive free assistance from state emergency workers who are diligently trained to save lives and fight crime.  If your house is on fire, local firefighters will be there within seconds to protect the home that you hold dear.  If your life is being threatened, policemen and women will be there to help you.  If you are sick, state emergency workers will be there to take care of you, whether you are a multi-millionaire or a homeless person living on the streets.  And if you even just want to send a letter to your mom or dad, your brother or sister, your grandparent or your best friend, you can stick a $0.42 stamp on the upper right-hand corner of a paper envelope and drop it in a mail slot.  Without paying any kind of subscription fee, your loved one will be reading your words within days.  We are incredibly blessed.

Whenever we want, we can travel from New York to Los Angeles without paying a toll to pass through each state.  Every year, we have a say in who our officials will be.  We do not have to pay a cent in order to cast the votes that will help determine the future of our children and our children’s children.  How quickly we forget what a blessing this is.  How quickly we forget the thousands of men and women who have died in defense of this right.

Americans complain about President Bush and the War in Iraq.  Have we forgotten?  Every single deployed soldier is a volunteer.  We are fighting with 100% volunteer troops.  Praise God, President Bush has protected the nation from a general draft.  Citizens derail, mock, scorn, threaten, and hate the leader of our nation.  Have we forgotten that Tuesday morning in 2001 when millions of Americans were in terror for the future?  No more attacks have occurred on our soil in the years since September 11th.  President Bush has done a fine job of protecting the spoiled Americans who hate him, and so have the excellent men and women who are putting their lives on the line by putting on a soldier’s uniform and fighting to protect the ungrateful families “back home”.  Theirs is a thankless job, and it is often worse than thankless.  One of my best friends is now training in Marine boot camp.  He has been mocked and called a “baby killer” while in uniform.  He is risking his own life, his own bright future, for American families.  My friend is fighting to protect the right of Americans to mock him.  He is fighting to protect the rights, free speech included, of those who hate him.  I am thankful for our volunteer armies, and I praise God for them.

We are a spoiled, pampered people.  We are richly blessed and sickeningly ungrateful.  We have more than any other nation on this earth.  Americans need a wake-up call.  September 11th may have been that wake-up call, but we have forgotten it.  We need to get outside of ourselves and our selfish worlds and complaints.  Even with a struggling economy, we are still richer and fatter than any other people group alive.  Even with gas prices rising and falling like the 757’s that transport us from “sea to shining sea”, we are still spending time with our loved ones at every holiday.

Chose today to give yourself a reality check.  Open your eyes and look around you.  Stop being blinded by complaints and woes and worries.  Remember what Jesus said, “Which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? …Tomorrow will take care of itself.”  Stop reading alarmist articles by ungrateful journalists and pundits.  And start being thankful.  Look around you at this beautiful country.  There is so much diversity here…deserts and beaches, mountains and plains, lush farm lands and advanced cities, golden prairies and rolling hills, canyons and vistas, snow-capped mountaintops and balmy oceansides.  In any city at any time, we can hear dozens of different languages being spoken.  That’s because millions of people all across the world have heard of the opportunities offered in America and have left everything they knew to come here.  They have literally risked their lives in just the hope of receiving the benefits and liberties we enjoy every day without even thinking about it.  This truly is the land of opportunity.  How many of your ancestors made the journey here in hope of better things for themselves and their children.  You are one of those children.  When was the last time you thanked God for the sacrifices they made to ensure your happiness?

Thank God for what you have.  Make a decision to stop being ungrateful, and to start thanking Him for everything you have.  Make a decision to change.  And then start working to change the things you don’t like.

After all, you can do that. 

Because this is America.

Where annual elections end, there slavery begins. -John Quincy Adams

Did you vote?  Voting is one of the most important duties an American can render.  When you put your voice in the ballot box, then you let your country know what you want.  You are part of change.  You are helping to determine the future of your children.  You are changing the lives of a generation as yet unborn.

There can no longer be anyone too poor to vote. -Lyndon B. Johnson

Our elections are free -it’s in the results where eventually we pay. -Bill Stern

We all pay in the results of our elections.  Even those who don’t vote have to obey the laws of the land.  There are no exceptions.  If you don’t vote, you are paying the price for something you didn’t purchase.

Does the government fear us? Or do we fear the government? When the people fear the government, tyranny has found victory. The federal government is our servant, not our master! -Thomas Jefferson

We, the people of America, are the bosses.  We decide who to put in the government.  We pay their salaries.  We listen to them debate and interview and give us their pitch, and then we decide.  If we like the way our elected officials from past years have performed, we re-elect them.  If we don’t…we fire them. 

Your every voter, as surely as your chief magistrate, exercises a public trust.  -Grover Cleveland

Stay informed and vote.  You will pay the salaries of these men and women whether you know what they are doing to your country or not.  Read, listen, watch, pay attention.  Know what’s going on in your house.  Keep an eye on what your elected officials are doing.  Vote to have a say in who gets hired.

Posterity, you will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in heaven that ever I took half the pains to preserve it. -John Adams

Our Founding Fathers fought for it.  They risked their lives for it.  Many men and women have died for it.  For what?  For your freedom.  For your liberty.  For your opportunity to have a say in the futures of your children.  I believe in freedom.  I am grateful to the generations before me for preserving it.  They have passed the torch to us…what will we do with it?  Don’t let it burn out.  Keep the lamp of freedom lit.  Cling to your rights.  Know what the Constitution says.  Work to put officials in office who will enforce the Constitution and our freedoms.  Be an enlightened citizen.

The future of this republic is in the hands of the American voter.  -Dwight D. Eisenhower

The Virginia Convention on the ratification of the Constitution was just getting started on June 4, 1788, when George Nicholas stood up to speak. This beloved soldier and patriot was said to have been the first man to fire a shot against the British as they invaded Philadelphia. Those on the floor were concerned that the newborn Constitution would prove too weak to prevent future tyranny and so would bring about the abolition of the freedom these young colonies had so recently fought to win.

“An enlightened people,” said Nicholas, “Will never suffer what was established for their security to be perverted to an act of tyranny.”

This statement was simple, but it made all the difference. The Convention members understood his meaning. An enlightened citizenship would never allow power-hungry men to twist the original meaning of the Constitution into something which would suppress their freedom. The founding fathers had installed enough safeguards to ensure this. All it required was that the people of America remain enlightened.

We must ask ourselves this question: are we an enlightened people? Are we protecting ourselves against tyrants who would take away our liberties? Or have we become lazy and ignorant, not educating ourselves as to the Constitution and the decisions being made in our courts today?

Dr. Michael Farris writes, “If we are honest about our situation, we have to conclude that George Nicholas’s optimism has not been fulfilled. The Constitution was intended for our liberty. The Supreme Court was especially intended to protect our liberties. Instead, the Court has twisted the Constitution and made it an instrument of tyranny.”

We the people must once again educate ourselves. We must once again prove ourselves enlightened. By reading Supreme Court cases, studying Constitutional law, making informed voter choices, letting our elected officials hear our voices, and paying attention to the decisions they make, we will be enlightened, we will have freedom and we will not be tyrannized. I believe that if many people studied the recent Supreme Court cases they would be absolutely shocked at how our freedoms are being usurped. The founding fathers would be dismayed and outraged. We, the people of America, have a responsibility to ourselves, to our children, to our forefathers, and to this great land itself.

Let us be enlightened.


“But the people who know their God shall stand firm and take action.” Daniel 11:32

“All of us who acknowledge a belief in our Judeo-Christian heritage must reaffirm that belief and join forces to reclaim those great principles.” -Ronald Reagan

“Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote…that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his Country.” -Samuel Adams

“It is the duty of nations, as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God and to recognize the sublime truth announced in the Holy Scriptues and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.” -Abraham Lincoln

“Our Constitution was made only for a moal and religious people.  It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” -John Adams

“We recognize no Sovereign but God, and no King but Jesus.” -John Adams and John Hancock

“It cannot be emphasized too clearly and too often that this nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religion, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason, peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.” -Patrick Henry

“It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.” -George Washington

“If we and our posterity reject religious instruction and authority, violate the rules of eternal justice, trifle with the injuctions of moality, and recklessly destroy the political constitution which holds us together no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us that shall bury all our glory in profound obscurity.” -Daniel Webster

“The time has come to turn back to God and reassert our trust in Him for the healing of America.” -Ronald Reagan

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our destruction if it come at all, will be from…the inattention of the people to the concerns of their government, from their carelessness and negligence.” -Daniel Webster

“I urge you, by all that is dear, by all that is honorable, by all that is sacred, not only that ye pray but that ye act!” -John Hancock

“If the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made not for the public good so much as for the selfish or local purposes; corrupt or incompetent men will be appointed to execute the laws; the public revenues will be squandered on unworthy men; and the rights of the citizens will be violated or disregarded.” -Noah Webster

“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion.” -John Adams

“Action by the citizen in person…constitutes the essence of a Republic.” -Thomas Jefferson

“Let not your childen have reason to curse you for giving up those rights and prostrating those institutions which your fathers delivered to you.” -Rev. Matthias Burnet